Steve and I have been together for quite a while now and throughout the years, apart from our shared and tragic passion for Survivor, there is another big element in our lives which gives us enormous pleasure.
Second hand junk shops and auctions.
Oh sorry Steve. Did you think I was going to say something else?
It doesn’t matter where we are in the world, if we spy a dusty, overcrowded
treasure house of junk, it’s just a given that we’ll dive in and take a look.
Happily losing ourselves in the moment, searching for our own specific treasures.
Until I hear “Marg Marg Marg!” and the moment’s broken and I’m dragged off
to look at some piece of
crap really interesting stuff that Steve has found.
One day I sent him on a mission to buy a cheap second hand microwave from an auction.
He came home with an antique divers helmet.
Only it turned out it wasn’t antique. It was Copper Art. ahhh that still makes me laugh.
More often than not we come out empty handed.
It’s more about the pleasure of looking …
and imagining ….
and admiring old things that were made by hand and made to last.
Old things that have had a good life … but have still got plenty of life left in them.
A bit like ourselves really.
Apparently Aaron at Bathurst Mart has been asked to sell this statue of Joseph many times over the years but he told me this lovely story this morning of why he’s hung on to it. He was a little boy in Malta when the Germans were bombing it and his father placed a statue of Joseph on the roof of their home and prayed to it every day to keep them safe.
He has a picture of their house standing tall while everything around it was flattened.
His mum said it was luck.
His dad said it was Joseph.
So just to play it safe, Aaron has his own Joseph looking down from high above his office.
It’s a bit hard to tell whether it’s working 😉
Anyway this was a rambling way to say that one of the nice ways to spend a wintery Saturday morning in Bathurst is to go poking around the many antique and second hand shops we have in town. If you spot a couple of nice old things, make sure you say hello.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever come home with from a second hand store?
One of my favourites is a vintage, French enamelled enema pitcher which I now use to keep all my kitchen implements in 🙂
Thanks Aaron for letting me wander with the camera this morning. Bathurst Mart is located on the Vale Road (the road to Goulburn) just on the outskirts of town.